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Florida Home Sales

Florida Home Sales Rise, While Inventories Fall

Real estate in several Florida counties were bright at the end of 2019. This was particularly true in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. Single-family home sales rose more than 25%  December 2019 versus December 2018. Cash sales also increased. As a result, the list of homes available has dropped throughout Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and …

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Florida Staycation Ideas for Relaxing

10 Florida Staycation Ideas for Relaxing, Drinking, and Soaking Up the Sun

The sunshine state is jam-packed with unique cities, wildlife, arts, culture, entertainment, and miles upon miles of white-sandy beaches. It’s safe to say that the best thing about living in Florida is the Florida staycation—especially because it doesn’t require a passport.  To help you plan your own staycation in Florida, we’ve made a list of …

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LGBTQ Resource Center

Gulfport LGBTQ Resource Center Established as Independent Non-Profit

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library has announced its establishment as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Begun in 2014, the Resource Center has until now operated as a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library.  The Resource Center started with a donation of hundreds of LGBTQ-themed …

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Florida Southern College

Historic Architecture at Florida Southern College is a Little-Known Lakeland Treasure

Even if you aren’t a big fan of architecture and don’t know much about Frank Lloyd Wright, checking out the unique campus buildings at Florida Southern College in Lakeland is cool, and quite an education. Wright, widely considered the most famous American architect in history, designed a dozen structures of the campus starting in 1938. …

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The Bilmar Beach Resort

Back to the Beginning: A Brief History of Treasure Island and Bilmar Hotel

St. Petersburg’s Treasure Island had a sudden beginning—and an interesting series of events that led to its fantastical name. It was on Saturday, September 25,1848, that an unnamed hurricane created the island by cutting a 200-yard channel to the north, now known as John’s Pass. This same storm also separated Isle of Palms and Isle …

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Gulfport Holiday

Home for the Holidays: Gulfport Dons Its Gayest Apparel

The holiday season isn’t always the “gayest”time of year for LGBTQ people. Although our society is seemingly coming around to be more accepting of LGBTQ people, many still face family hurdles during the holidays. Unfortunately, there are still several churches openly opposed to those with sexual orientations or gender identities that oppose the religious norms. …

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TSA Transgender screening

TSA Publishes Guidelines for Transgender Travelers

Nobody enjoys Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checks. They feel invasive, they’re stressful, and they slow you down. For transgender travelers, however, such checks can be even more anxiety-inducing. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a set of guidelines to ensure that the process is as easy as possible for trans passengers. The TSA recommends …

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mental health

Study Shows Anti-LGBTQ+ Views Affect LGBTQ+ Youth’s Mental Health

Last year, over 12,000 LGBTQ+ teens age 13 to 17 participated in an online survey created by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the University of Connecticut, reports Sarah McBride the HRC’s website. This survey was designed to gauge LGBTQ+ youth’s mental health and how bias and prejudice affected them. They’ve just released the …

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Orlando’s Rep. Smith Nationally Recognized by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Washington D.C.

Orlando’s Rep. Smith Nationally Recognized by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Washington D.C. Washington, D.C. – In a ceremony with HIV/AIDS advocates from across the nation, Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) was recognized at AIDSWatch by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundationwith their annual Legislative Leadership Award for his HIV advocacy as well as his role in recent negotiations with Publix Supermarkets to ensure its …

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sixth circuit

Sixth Circuit Rules Transgender Employees Protected by Title VII

Earlier this month, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers cannot discriminate against transgender individuals, and that they cannot use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to justify discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, reports Noah Berger for Slate. This ruling came from the case of EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. …

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